Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens to be announced soon

Tamron will soon announce a new 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD full frame lens for Nikon F-mount DSLR cameras (model A035).

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  • TwoStrayCats

    I am the first to comment. I just wanted to say that.

    • Nikkor300f4VR

      Your contribution on this topic will be widely recognized by the community, LOL!

    • CERO

      Noted. Please proceed.

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  • I 2nd that comment.

  • doge

    We’d like to make the announcement that we’ll be announcing a new announcement soon! This ends the announcement.

    • AFTER the announcement, please join us in the announcement area, where announcements and announcements will be served.

      • Nikkor300f4VR

        You have been announcemented! 😀

    • CERO

      Disney actually did that.
      They made an announcement of an announcement of a soon to be opening attraction (when they were about to reveal the mine train ride in magic kingdom)

      • TurtleCat

        Or their upcoming streaming platform that isn’t expected to be available until 2019…

      • Didn’t Nikon do that with their DX line of cameras that were never announced.

        • Thom Hogan

          DL. And yes. They also did it with the D850. And the D70. And a number of other products over the years.

  • Delmar Mineard Jr

    Not excited until we see some test results.

  • I can’t tell if that’s a tripod collar, or the absence of one. Unless this thing is as light as a “kit” 70-300, it needs a tripod collar.

    • James Michael

      It is looking like a consumer type lens to me.

      • Agreed, it looks like another 70-300. But modern 70-300’s are quite sharp, or they can be, and if I don’t need faster than f/6.3 at the long end, then I’d buy this lens for travel if I could be assured that it’d be OK to use on a tripod at “danger zone” shutter speeds that usually are off-limits for front-heavy setups like this would be if if had no tripod collar.

        • Rusty Shackleford

          Tamron’s vibration control is generally pretty effective in their more recent lens releases. We can hope for the same here, so that should help keep things as sharp as they can be for a consumer type lens too.

          • Again, only at certain shutter speeds. If I’m at 400mm on an APS-C sensor with 24mp and no AA filter, no amount of stabilization may be able to help me at ~1-4 second shutter speeds… Which I shoot at often at sunrise… I guess I need electronic first curtain shutter to arrive on the full Nikon DX lineup, that’s a better solution to that problem. Although it doesn’t help the balance of the whole setup if there is wind.

        • James Michael

          The 18-400 seems like it would make a better travel lens. I can’t see how this fits into the picture.

          • Stu

            This is probably a full frame lens.

          • Maybe. Personally I’d rather not give up 16mm on the APS-C wide end, even if to gain a whole 100-200mm on the long end. Gimme a half-decent 16-200mm any day and I’m a happy camper. If it’s a 2nd camera.

            If it’s a 1st camera, no way. I’d go with one UWA zoom and one tele zoom, for sure. Which is the whole reason for ILC’s, period, compared to anything in the Sony RX lineup.

      • T N Args

        …and we are consumer types…

    • tomskyphoto

      The circular groove and completely flat barrel section immediately before the taper down to the lens mount as well as the white index dot behind the groove at the 12 o’clock position indicate at least the provision for a collar.

      If that really is a tripod collar provision cheap Chinese collars will be out in no time. I bought one of these Chinese things for my 70-200/4 Nikkor and it’s a great piece of gear for 25$ incl.shipping. Even though it’s a two piece design with a separate foot it’s every bit as good as the overpriced Nikon one and even better as my preferred Arca Swiss dovetail is an integral feature of the collar foot.

      • Spy Black

        That’s too close to the mount to make much of a difference. I suspect this lens doesn’t have a collar.

        • tomskyphoto

          But seems to be Tamron’s style:


          Not much of a difference and that’s the heavy 70-200/2.8 G2. As the 100-400 is most likely a much more lightweight lens a collar position close to the mount would also make sense for a better balance between camera body and lens.

          • Spy Black

            Other than take the load off the mount (which isn’t a bad thing), as you said, not much of a difference.

            • tomskyphoto

              Yeah, but consumer cameras’ mounts aren’t usually the strongest – self tapping screws in injection molded plastic studs or so and portrait orientation without a tripod collar on a long lens royally sux for sure.

              And what would that lonely white index dot be there for? Just for the lulz? Don’t think so.

            • Spy Black

              Of course for lulz, why else would they do that?…

            • Captain Insane-O
            • Captain Insane-O

              Please tell me how you quantified that position as not making much difference.

              That is the same location as my 70-200 f2.8, which makes a huge difference. Makes my d750 nearly naturally balanced, and slightly body side heavy with the grip attached.

              Moving the fulcrum 3 inches, yes I just measured, will make a substantive difference in how the camera handles.

            • Spy Black

              Actually I was basing it on the location of the mount of my old 300mm f/4.5 Nikkor, which has it further forward. However while the Tamron mount is further back, the actual tripod mount is further forward, more or less at the same tripod mount point as my 300. So I will assume the tripod mount point is the real indicator for balance, not the lens mount point.

  • waterengineer

    Finally someone steps up and makes a lens for F-mount to compete with the lens Canon has had for a long, long time. Hopefully the lens is technically good.

    • Just Me

      You don’t think Nikon’s 80-400 is competitive? You think this lens will be better than the 80-400? What’s in your coffee cup?

      • TwoStrayCats

        And the Nikkor is decently sharp and a bit faster at the long-end, too.

    • Jacek Siminski

      Sigma has had a 100-400 4.5-6.3 for at least a year now…

      • I’ve use the Sigma 100-400 on a D750 and it is really sharp. If you put 2 layers of gaffer tape around the base of the lens, you can use the TS-31 tripod collar. I use it for travel but the Nikon 80-400 is better for sports. It’s not quite as sharp as the 100-400 but is has a wider range and is faster.

        • outkasted

          don’t forget sigma’s near macro capabilities too

    • JXVo

      Except it is f6.3 at the long end, putting pressure on the shutter speed / ISO trade-off…and yes, even though it is only a third of a stop slower than Nikon’s already slow 80-400 it makes a difference because VR/IS/OS/VC doesn’t freeze the action around the waterhole at dawn and dusk

  • TurtleCat

    Might be a nice travel telephoto option. If they did an AF-P E type version that’s 100-300 f5.6 constant I would buy it. That would be a perfect travel option for me.

    • BVS

      Why not just get the new 70-300 FX AF-P and get a wider wide end plus faster aperture? The new version is sharp at 300mm.

      • TurtleCat

        Faster on the short end. It’s probably a lens I’ll eventually get but I bet Sigma/Tamron could do it for much less money. Or the third parties could take a crack at making it a better lens than the 70-300 AF-P.

  • John Matthews

    Oh cool.
    I’m still a little surprised Tamron hasn’t tried to hit Sigma in the well-loved 120-300 2.8 area, though.

  • MB

    Bit faster than Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, and, unlike Sigma, this one looks like it will support tripod collar …
    If IQ is there, and it should be, and if the price is right, and I am sure it will be, this can be better 70-300 than 70-300 for most users 🙂

    • sandy

      I just returned my Sigma 100-400, the OS was basically ineffective, the main reason I bought it. It was sharp enough on a tripod, but so was my 300F4 with a 1.4 tele.

  • mikew

    The Sigma 100-400 is very good,if this is better and has a tripod ring i may change.
    I only need a tripod ring for my BR strap as i hand hold.
    Sigma 100-400 @ 400

  • a14k

    From what I read, the Sigma is pretty sharp but focus is slow, vr is not effective. Maybe this Tamron is better.

    • outkasted

      Many of those that have the sigma did not opt for the dock connection where it can be tuned for focus and speed. My mate did it and it sped up the focus significantly

  • I didn’t expect that the 100-400 range is still so popular after the numerous 150-600 range lenses flood the market for affordable reach (2 generations of tamron, 2 versions from Sigma, a 200-600 probably on the works from Canon, and 200-500 from Nikon) so that both Sigma and Tamron would launch new models in this range. I thought a large number of non exotic 400mm users mostly were using 400 because they couldn’t afford longer until Tamron started the 150-600 dance

    • MB

      100-400 is less than half the price and weight, and much smaller and easier to carry around and there are lots of people in target group that find that very important …

    • outkasted

      size. the 150-600 is well hung tho. 😛

  • T N Args

    f/6.3….. slower than f/5.6 thus instantly turning off many AF sensors in Nikon cameras….

    • TurtleCat

      Yeah, on the most recent AF setup but on older ones you’d just get slower performance. Not much of a big deal.

  • Let’s Reason Here

    I announce that I farted. Yep.

    • MB

      Good for you, I presume you can now think way more clearly without all the pressure from within…

  • mikerofoto

    how will it compare to the recent Sigma released version!!!!

    • NorthPol

      That’s my question too!

  • AnotherView

    Oh come on…how many mid-range variable aperture zooms do we need?

    • James Michael

      Yep. It is a crowded segment. If it were fixed f/4 I would have a serious look.

  • Andrew Livelsberger

    Good to see new lenses coming out. I will, however, stick with the Nikon 300/4E PF and teleconverters for my over 200mm focal lngth needs.

  • Kyle Medina

    Screwed up just like Sigma. Don’t they realize that Canon has theres too 5.6 not 6.3.

    • Spy Black

      Yes, but what is the difference in size? How well does that mount on your Nikon?

  • Tieu Ngao

    I’ve been thinking of buying the Sigma 100-400 but now I should wait to see how this Tamron turns out. Thanks for the competition.

  • Chaitanya

    No canon mount, interesting. Also why isn’t Tamron updating their 60mm and 180mm Macros yet? I would like to get 180/200mm Macro and right now seems like heavy Sigma 180mm is the only better options out there.

    • the lens will also be available for Canon mount

  • Richard Haw

    looks like a nice lens for landscapes and nature (inanimate) photography…

  • Naacryl

    When are we going to get an APS-C 100-400mm from Nikon.

    They must know APS-C users are buying these sigma and tamron lenses.

    We need a dedicated 100-400mm that is cheap. ($800 or lower)

    • Captain Megaton

      Why bother when they already make 18-400 for $600?

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